Political Science

Political sciences deal with the institutions of state and society, their theoretical-philosophical foundations and their manifestations in modern history and the present.

The study field at a glance

Political sciences investigate how political and social ideas are implemented organizationally and legally in the state, institutions and parties, but also in international relations, how interest groups assert influence and in which forms political decision-making takes place. Important auxiliary and minor subjects are history, social sciences, constitutional law and economics. Foreign language skills, especially English, are indispensable, as well as knowledge in data processing and statistics.

Offered courses

Subjects in this field include not only political science, but also government and administrative sciences, humanitarian aid and specialized master's programs in the field of development policy and peace and conflict research.

Contents of the course

In the Bachelor's degree, there are mainly subject-oriented and methodological modules on topics such as political theory and the history of ideas, political institutions and systems, domestic politics, international and European politics, political sociology and political social structure analysis, political education and didactics of politics, methods of empirical social research / statistics, economics and politics, constitutional law, administrative science.

Depending on the university, supplementary modules in subjects such as history, communication science, philosophy, law, economics or sociology are offered in part during the master's program.

Possible careers after graduation

The range of possible fields of application is widely spread; Activity possibilities arise e.g. at:

  • Ministries of federal and state governments
  • Political parties and assistant MPs
  • international organizations and development cooperation
  • foundations and institutions for political education
  • adult education institutions
  • Media
  • Trade unions, employers' associations
  • consultancies
  • Libraries, archives, documentation centers
  • Polling institutes or in the field of demoscopy.